The concept of “Hospitality” is, at first glance, a simple thing to understand. You invite people to your home, and you spend time getting to know each other better. Maybe you prepare some delicious food and share a meal, or perhaps it’s just popcorn and coffee. I propose that it goes much deeper than that, though, with direct links to our Creator himself. The Greek meaning of the word suggests loving and actually pursuing strangers.
I learned of this from a wonderful local lady who has served food and friendship to both strangers and friends for more than twenty years. She told of a couple leaving her establishment, and the husband was overheard asking his wife, “Have you ever experienced anything like that?” I would suggest they enjoyed a deeper level of hospitality than most of us are even aware of.
A few months ago, I realized that, although I’ve preached about building community for ten years, I really haven’t done it myself and as a team. So we built “Porch Time” at Plain Values. So every third Friday (this Friday!) of every month, from 1pm to 4pm, you are invited to stop by the office, in Winesburg, in the middle of Amish Country, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, sit on the porch, and you can visit a while. It has been a blast, and we’ve made some wonderful friends! We would love to get to know you.
This is Marlin with Plain Values magazine. Again, if you want to learn about Porch Time, click here!